Iowa ESA Bill is About Freedom: Andrew Handel on American Family News
This bill is about freedom for the family to make a decision. This bill is about where that family feels that child will be best taught.
ALEC Board Member, Iowa Speaker Pro Tem John Wills, was recently featured in American Family News commenting on Iowa’s new law creating universal education savings accounts for Iowa students. Andrew Handel, ALEC Education and Workforce Development Task Force Director was also quoted.
Iowa’s legislature is making headlines for approving a school-choice initiative that puts taxpayers’ dollars in the hands of Iowa families, and a leading advocate for the movement points out many other states are supporting similar initiatives, too.
Andrew Handel, director of education and workforce development at the American Legislative Exchange Council, says ALEC is watching and supporting similar ESA legislation being introduced and debated in Ohio, Arkansas, Florida, and Utah. The school-choice push is important to ALEC because it supports limited government and free markets, and it works closely with state legislators who share those beliefs.
In Utah, Handel says state legislators have gotten behind the ESA movement and the state’s governor, Spencer Cox, is expected to sign the legislation.
“Utah is right there at the top of the list,” Handel advises.
“This bill is about freedom,” Rep. John Wills, Republican, said. “This bill is about freedom for the family to make a decision. This bill is about where that family feels that child will be best taught.”
Andrew Handel, ALEC Education and Workforce Development Task Force Director, was featured on KWTO radio in Springfield, MO talking about the the growing movement across the country to expand school choice.
“Support for education freedom has never been higher. This is about choice, freedom, and putting parents first.”
Handel was also featured on The Voice of Reason Radio Show with Andy Hooser talking about the Education Freedom moving sweeping the country.
“Today parents have more choices on where to send their children to school. The money should follow the student.”